Narrative Basics Lesson 3: The Physical World

Narrative Basics Lesson 3: The Physical World
13 pages
Teach students to write more layered descriptions of objects and places in their stories.
Narratives are almost always set in a physical world of objects and places. In this lesson, we explore different ways we describe the physical world—not only through concrete details, but also behaviour, history, meaning and so on. At the end we bring everything together in a checkpoint piece that blends a few types of description. We use snippets from a variety of sources including Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds, Erin Entrada Kelly's The Land of Forgotten Girls, Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone, and The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. This lesson covers a lot, so it will take most students 3-4 hours to complete, however it is made up of bite-sized chunks, so can be completed over an extended period.
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